Tennessee State University celebrates Waffle House hero and alumus James Shaw Jr.

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Waffle House hero, James Shaw Jr., is be honored by his alma mater Tennessee State University for his bravery and courage for his role in bringing a deadly shooting spree to a halt.

On Monday, Shaw was celebrated by the school in a ceremony and reception for the humble hero, the Tennessean reports.

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It’s been a whirlwind past few weeks for Shaw who has captured America’s heart for saving the lives of at least 16 other people when a gunman opened fire at a Nashville Waffle House.

Shaw has received more than $225,000 from GoFundMe and Shutterfly when appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres show to tell his side of the story. And he was surprised with a visit from Dwyane Wade, after telling DeGeneres he was a big fan of the basketball star.

And now his alma mater is celebrating his bravery as well.

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“The TSU family is extremely proud of alumnus James Shaw, Jr. for his bravery and courage,” TSU President Glenda Glover wrote in a statement. “His actions saved the lives of many others.”

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“Our hearts go out to the families that lost loved ones in this horrific crime, and we will keep them in our prayers, along with our Nashville community,” Glover wrote.

After the parade of praise, Shaw said he’s ready to settle down and disconnect.

“I am going to turn off every device that I have – phone, watch, tablet – I am going to turn it all off and I am just going to get out of town,” Shaw said. “I plan on taking my daughter to Disney World or something. I plan on trying to get it off my mind and move on from the situation.”

The university held a ceremony and reception on campus in his honor on Monday.

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